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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: June 2006 - Volume 48 - Issue 6 - p 651-654
People and Events: News Highlights

Department Editor

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has recognized four physicians and the author of the paper judged to be the best article published in JOEM in 2005 for their contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

The award ceremony took place on May 7 in Los Angeles, Calif., during the Opening Session of the 2006 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), the College’s annual spring meeting. Award winners are as follows:

William S. Knudsen Award

The highest award in occupational and environmental medicine, the Knudsen Award was created in 1938 by William Knudsen, then president of General Motors, to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field.

Michael I. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Associate Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology at Drexel University College of Medicine and Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, Pa., received the 2006 Award for his leadership in occupational and environmental medicine and his service to ACOEM. Dr Greenberg, an internationally recognized expert in the field of chemical terrorism and other weapons that may be used by terrorists, was specifically cited for his contributions in developing and directing the first fellowship training program in occupational, environmental, and hyperbaric emergency medicine at Drexel University; as the Editor-in Chief and senior author of one of the most important textbooks in the field—Occupational, Industrial and Environmental Toxicology, 2nd Edition; and as an active researcher and lecturer in occupational and environmental toxicology.



Dr Greenberg received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine and in medical toxicology, and by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. A member of ACOEM since 1994, Dr Greenberg was elevated to Fellowship in 2004. His service to the College includes assisting in the development of the Millennium Series on Toxicology, and serving as Associate Chair of ACOEM’s Occupational and Clinical Toxicology Committee.

Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award was established in 1945 to recognize an ACOEM member who has provided laudable service to the College.



The 2006 award was presented to Elizabeth Genovese, MD, MBA, FACOEM, for her continued commitment to serving ACOEM as a contributing editor to the ACOEM Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines and editor of its supporting newsletter APG Insights, and as a contributing editor for the forthcoming AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 6th Edition. She is also the director for ACOEM’s course on Musculoskeletal Exam and Treatment Techniques, co-director for the Practice Guidelines course, and is a member and past chair of the Coding and Classification Committee.

Dr Genovese is Medical Director of IMX Medical Management Services, Inc., a provider of independent medical examinations, FCEs, and review services. She is also on the faculty for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s occupational medicine residency program. Dr Genovese received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and her MBA in health care from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine, and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is also certified by the American Board of Utilization Review and Quality Assurance and is a Certified Independent Medical Examiner. A member of ACOEM since 1992, Dr Genovese is a new Fellow of ACOEM and was formally elevated to that status on May 9, during the College’s Annual Membership Meeting. In addition to her service to the College as a contributor to the Practice Guidelines and as editor of APG Insights, Dr Genovese serves on numerous committees and is secretary of the Philadelphia Occupational and Environmental Medical Society, an ACOEM component society.

Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award

Created in 1948, this annual award is presented to recognize an ACOEM member for a unique achievement in the field of occupational and environmental medicine.

Michael Gochfeld, MD, PhD, FACOEM, was the recipient of the 2006 Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award, recognized for his two-part series on the “History of Occupational Medicine” which appeared in the February 2005 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. These articles chronicle the development of occupational medicine and clarify the origin and nature of many of its challenges.



Dr Gochfeld is Professor in the Department of Environmental and Community Medicine of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and in the Environmental and Occupational Health Division of the School of Public Health in Piscataway, N.J. His research interests focus on recognizing and preventing chemical, physical, and biological hazards in the home, community, and workplace environments. Dr Gochfield received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his PhD from City University of New York. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine. A member of ACOEM since 1981, Dr Gochfeld was elevated to Fellowship in 1988. He has served ACOEM as chair of the Academic Occupational Medicine Section and member of the Council on Special Occupational Health Interests, and as post-graduate seminar chair for the State-of-the-Art Conference (SOTAC) the College’s annual fall meeting. He is a past president of the Occupational Medical Association of New Jersey, an ACOEM component society.

Robert A. Kehoe, MD, Award of Merit

Created in 1957 and named for Robert A. Kehoe, MD, a past president of ACOEM and a pioneer in the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM), this award is presented annually to an individual who has shown distinction in and made significant contributions to OEM.

John Balmes, MD, was honored by the College for his major academic achievements including his research laboratory, collaborative epidemiological research projects, role on various advisory and editorial committees, and direction of the occupational and environ-mental division at San Francisco General Hospital. He was also cited for his commitment to the field of occupational lung diseases and his contributions as a major air pollution researcher.



Dr Balmes is Professor of Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, and Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. He also serves as the Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr Balmes is currently studying the acute effects of inhalation exposures to ambient air pollutants and the chronic effects of such exposures in epidemiological studies. He received his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he first became interested in occupational medicine, and trained in pulmonary medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in pulmonary medicine. He has been a member of ACOEM since 1982. In 2002, the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, an ACOEM component society, recognized Dr Balmes for his achievements in advancing the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine when it named him the 23rd recipient of the Jean Spencer Felton Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing.

Adolph G. Kammer Merit in Authorship Award

Named in honor of Adolph Kammer, MD, first editor of the College’s peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), this award recognizes outstanding articles published in JOEM.

This year’s recipient was Paul A. Schulte, PhD, for his article “Characterizing the Burden of Occupational Injury and Disease.” This literature review, which appeared in the June 2005 issue of JOEM, provided a comprehensive characterization of the burden incurred by occupational injury and disease, by analyzing available research on the rates, costs, and other consequences of occupational illness and injury. As a result of his review, Dr Schulte found that while the magnitude of occupational disease and injury burden is significant, it is underestimated, and there is a need for an integrated approach to address these underestimates. Dr Schulte is Director of the Education and Information Division for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio.



On May 9, in Los Angeles, Calif., 24 ACOEM members were elevated to Fellowship. The ceremony took place at the College’s 91st annual membership meeting held in conjunction with AOHC 2006. The following members were recognized for their achievement:

Marleece S. Barber, MD, FACOEM, Shell Health Services, Norco, La.

Mary Jo Capodice, DO, FACOEM, Aurora Health Care, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Jennifer H. Christian, MD, FACOEM, Webility Corporation, Wayland, Mass.

Marianne Cloeren, MD, FACOEM, Bel Air, Md.

Clayton T. Cowl, MD, FACOEM, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Annemie De Wilde, MD, FACOEM, Infineum USA LP, Linden, N.J.

Constantine G. Dumas, MD, FACOEM, Deaconess Hospital COMP Center, Evansville, Ind.

James R. Garb, MD, FACOEM, Baystate Health Inc., Springfield, Mass.

Elizabeth Genovese, MD, FACOEM, IMX, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Farhana Habib, MD, FACOEM, Findlay, Ohio

Ian J. Lawson, MBBS, FACOEM, Rolls-Royce, Derby, England

Jerrold B. Leikin, MD, FACOEM, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Glencoe, Ill.

Benisse Lester, MD, FACOEM, Federal Air Marshalls Medical Division, Mays Landing, N.J.

Michael W. Lischak, MD, FACOEM, Corporate Worx, Glendale, Wis.

Francesca K. Litow, MD, FACOEM, North Bethesda, Md.

James M. Madsen, MD, FACOEM, USAMRICD, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Stanley H. Miller, DO, FACOEM, General Motors Corporation, Pontiac, Mich.

Joseph S. Pachman, MD, FACOEM, Weston, Conn.

William A. Pereira, MD, FACOEM, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.

C. David Rowlett, MD, FACOEM, BWXT-Pantex, Amarillo, Texas

John C. Schumpert, MD, FACOEM, REOH, Inc., Missoula, Mont.

Sushil M. Sethi, MD, FACOEM, Mansfield, Ohio

Charles L. Werntz, DO, FACOEM, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Virg.

Avram Whiteman, MD, FACOEM, Merck Frosst Canada Ltd., Quebec, Canada

Fellow is the highest class of membership within the College. It recognizes physicians who have been engaged in the full-time practice of occupational and environmental medicine and who have exhibited significant leadership in ACOEM —at both the component society and national level. Fellows have also demonstrated their expertise within the specialty by achieving certification in occupational medicine or in another medical specialty by a Board acceptable to the ACOEM Board of Directors. Fellows are eligible to serve as officers and directors of the College.

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